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April 5, 1979 |
Castle Rock, Washington, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st)|
|Fighting out of||Castle Rock, Washington, United States|
|Years active||2001-2004, 2007-2010, 2015-present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Benji Russell Radach (born April 5, 1979) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2001, Radach has also formerly competed for the UFC, the WEC, Strikeforce, and the Los Angeles Anacondas of the IFL.
Born and raised in Castle Rock, Washington, Radach began his career as a high school wrestler at Castle Rock High School, and was talented. Radach finished fifth at the Washington State Wrestling Championships at 141 pounds as a junior and eighth at 148 pounds as a senior.
Mixed martial arts
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Radach made his UFC debut against Steve Berger at UFC 37 on May 10, 2002. Radach originally was declared the winner via TKO 27 seconds into the first round, but the decision was later overturned when replay showed that Radach hit Berger in the back of the head illegally, which caused the TKO win.
Radach next fought against Nick Serra on June 22, 2002 at UFC 37.5. Radach won via unanimous decision.
Radach returned to the regional circuit where he went 4-1 before facing former WEC Middleweight Champion Chris Leben under the SportFight 4 on June 26, 2004. Radach lost via TKO in the third round after breaking his jaw, and as a result, Radach was kept away from active competition for three years.
International Fight League
Radach returned to MMA in 2007 after signing a contract to compete for the Los Angeles Anacondas of the IFL, coached by Bas Rutten. Radach made his first appearance against Ryan McGivern on February 2, 2007 at IFL: Houston. Radach won via TKO in the second round.
Radach then faced Brian Foster at IFL: Los Angeles on March 17, 2007. Radach won via guillotine choke submission in the first round.
Radach then fought Bristol Marunde at IFL: Everett on June 1, 2007. Radach won via TKO in the first round.
Radach made his next appearance against Gerald Harris at the IFL 2007 Semifinals on August 2, 2007. Radach won via TKO in the first round.
Radach next fought Brent Beauparlant at the IFL World Grand Prix Semifinals on November 3, 2007. Radach won via knockout in the first round.
Undefeated in the promotion, Radach next fought for the inaugural IFL Middleweight Championship against Matt Horwich at the IFL World Grand Prix Finals on December 29, 2007. Radach lost via knockout in the second round.
Radach signed a three-fight deal with EliteXC in 2008 and won his first bout against top-ranked Middleweight Murilo Rua at EliteXC: Heat on October 4, 2008. Radach finished the fight via TKO in the second round.
After EliteXC's demise, Radach then moved on to Strikeforce where he lost by a controversial knockout to Scott Smith. Radach was winning the fight striking until he was knocked out by a straight right from Smith in the final round.
Radach has suffered many injuries throughout his career, including a broken jaw, a herniated disc, neck surgery, ACL replacement, and a broken collarbone, amongst others. Radach would suffer another problem in February 2010 when he caught a staph infection after surgery on a torn pectoral muscle that was suffered in training.
Radach was expected to return from a three-year hiatus and face Dmitry Samoilov at Tyumen Fight 2 on December 22, 2013. However, in the weeks leading up to the fight, the event was cancelled.
Over four years since his last fight, Radach made his Bellator debut against undefeated Ben Reiter at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015, replacing an injured A.J. Matthews. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.
In 2006 Radach foiled an armed robbery attempt in Vancouver, WA by physically disarming a gunman who was trying to hold up the restaurant that Radach was patronizing.
He was recently named the corporate director of instructor's training for LA Boxing. His responsibilities primarily involve training and preparing potential LA Boxing instructors for lessons of various experience levels.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||21 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||21–7–1||Ben Reiter||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 137||May 15, 2015||3||5:00||Temecula, California, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Loss||21–6–1||Ovince St. Preux||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||December 4, 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Light Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||21–5–1||Scott Smith||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz||April 11, 2009||3||3:24||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||21–4–1||Murilo Rua||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Heat||October 4, 2008||2||2:31||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Loss||20–4–1||Matt Horwich||KO (punch)||IFL: World Grand Prix Finals||December 29, 2007||2||1:58||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||For inaugural IFL Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||20–3–1||Brent Beauparlant||KO (punch)||IFL: World Grand Prix Semifinals||November 3, 2007||1||2:26||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||19–3–1||Gerald Harris||TKO (punches)||IFL: 2007 Semifinals||August 2, 2007||1||3:03||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18–3–1||Bristol Marunde||TKO (punches)||IFL: Everett||June 1, 2007||1||1:28||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Win||17–3–1||Brian Foster||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFL: Los Angeles||March 17, 2007||1||1:04||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||16–3–1||Ryan McGivern||TKO (punches)||IFL: Houston||February 2, 2007||2||2:22||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||15–3–1||Chris Leben||TKO (broken jaw)||SF 4: Fight For Freedom||June 26, 2004||3||3:43||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||15–2–1||Danny Lafever||KO (punch)||Ultimate Ring Challenge 6||October 25, 2003||1||0:55||Longview, Washington, United States|
|Win||15–1–1||Gustavo Machado||KO (punches)||KOTC 28: More Punishment||August 16, 2003||1||1:31||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–1–1||Steve Van Fleet||KO (punches)||IFC WC 18: Big Valley Brawl||July 19, 2003||1||1:21||Lakeport, California, United States|
|Win||13–1–1||Joel Blanton||KO (punches)||UFCF: Seattle||March 1, 2003||1||N/A||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||12–1–1||Chris Irvine||KO (punches)||Ultimate Ring Challenge 3||January 4, 2003||1||1:02||Kelso, Washington, United States|
|Loss||11–1–1||Sean Sherk||TKO (cut)||UFC 39||September 27, 2002||1||4:16||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||11–0–1||Nick Serra||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 37.5||June 22, 2002||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|NC||10–0–1||Steve Berger||No Contest (overturned by state commission)||UFC 37||May 10, 2002||1||0:27||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||10–0||Shannon Ritch||TKO (punches)||MFC 3: Canadian Pride||March 3, 2002||1||1:18||Alberta, Canada|
|Win||9–0||Eric Davila||Decision (unanimous)||Rumble in the Rockies||January 26, 2002||2||3:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||8–0||Oscar Verdusco||KO (punch)||UFCF: Olympia Ring Challenge||January 5, 2002||1||0:25||Olympia, Washington, United States|
|Win||7–0||Willy Solorio||TKO (punches)||IFC: Warriors Challenge 16||November 9, 2001||1||1:23||Oroville, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Royden Demotta||Submission (punches and knees)||WEC 2||October 4, 2001||1||1:01||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Eric Perez||KO (punch)||PPKA: Muckelshoot||August 15, 2001||1||0:18||Auburn, Washington, United States|
|Win||4–0||Dennis Asche||Decision (unanimous)||DesertBrawl 1||June 1, 2001||3||5:00||Bend, Oregon, United States|
|Win||3–0||Oz Preciado||KO (punch)||UFCF: Everett Extreme Challenge 3||May 19, 2001||1||N/A||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Win||2–0||Eric Lucas||KO (punch)||Rumble in the Ring 2||April 28, 2001||1||0:09||Auburn, Washington, United States|
|Win||1–0||Clayton Purvis||TKO (punches)||UFCF: Road To Victory||March 17, 2001||3||N/A||Olympia, Washington, United States|
- "Benji Radach vs. Ovince St. Preux Added to Strikeforce Fight Card". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
- "Tyumen Fight 2 Cancelled Event". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
- Staff (May 7, 2015). "With A.J. Matthews injured, Ben Reiter will now meet Benji Radach at Bellator 137". themmareport.com.
- "Benji Radach Bio". www.ifl.tv. 2007-01-01. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-03-19.